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Hankamer's Casey Computer Center Director Holds Football Record

Nov. 5, 2013

Hankamer's Casey Computer Center Director Holds Football Record

By Giselle Villalpando

In football, players face off with one goal in mind: overcome the other players and lead the team to victory.

On a November afternoon in 1988, Anthony Lapes successfully navigated the football field and in the process, wrote his name in the history books.

Anthony Lapes

Lapes, director of the Hankamer School of Business Casey Computer Center and chair of the core decision team for the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, holds football records for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) football team, most notably, the record for receiving yards in a game. He caught 11 passes for 225 yards in a game versus Bentley College on Nov. 12, 1988, which to this day has been unmatched.

If one met Lapes, they wouldn't know about the talent he demonstrated. Lapes does not resemble the prototypical football player. Perhaps that's why his past goes unquestioned. It's also a topic he doesn't bring up often in conversation.

"I am thankful that God gave me a talent and an opportunity to demonstrate that talent for his glory," Lapes said.

His time spent playing football at MIT taught Lapes the importance of discipline.

"Certainly the discipline that playing a varsity sport required, along with academics, has helped me in my professional career," Lapes said. "I think the perseverance it takes when you face adversity in athletics teaches you to do the same professionally."

Lapes has also gained fond, valuable memories from playing football at MIT.

"Beyond the record-setting day, I valued the camaraderie of a group of players who didn't have many fans or scholarships, but played because they loved the game," Lapes said. "They chose to work hard each practice at something they enjoyed, and I have tremendous respect for them."

Dwight Smith, head coach of the MIT football team in 1988, has a deep appreciation for Lapes' success.

"Anthony Lapes was one of the most outstanding student athletes who ever competed for the MIT football program," Smith said. "During the 1988 season he set school records that still exist to this day."

Lapes and Smith

Richard Easley, associate professor of marketing and Lapes' co-worker, knew about his record and thought his achievements should be shared.

"He is a great guy and an asset to the business school," Easley said. "I can't remember where I found out about his football career at MIT, but the second I heard it, as a marketing professor, I knew this was a story that needed to be told."

Today, Lapes enjoys football as a fan. Lapes is a long-time season ticket holder and fan of Baylor football.

"I'm impressed with the offensive performance of Baylor, especially this year," Lapes said. "The team has talented athletes in all positions."

Baylor quarterback, Bryce Petty, and running back, Lache Seastrunk, are Heisman contenders halfway through the season.

Lapes recognizes the athletic ability of these contenders.

"Lache Seastrunk, in particular, has that remarkable rare combination of both size and speed and the ability to break tackles and outrun people, which is impressive," Lapes said.

Lapes' football career at MIT has made a lasting impression on him. Looking back, he learned a valuable lesson--humility.

Lapes said "doing what you enjoy and doing it well, whether people are recognizing it or not," is important. He embodies this in the technology support services he provides in the business school that can sometimes go unnoticed.

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